Vermont’s Opinion on K-12 Education and School Choice

Friedman Foundation:

This survey shows a striking contrast between public opinion and public reality. Responses indicate a wide disconnect between individual schooling preferences and actual school enrollments. Forty-four percent of Vermont parents said they would like to send their child to a private school; however in reality, approximately 8 percent of Vermont’s K-12 students attend private schools. Twenty-five percent of Vermont parents said they would like to send their child to a charter school. As of this school year, Vermont has no charter school law. Twelve percent of Vermont parents said they would choose a regular public school for their child. Approximately 92 percent of Vermont’s K-12 students attend regular public schools.1 As we survey one state to the next, we continue to see this stark implication that states do not have sufficient school choice systems in place to match parents’ schooling preferences

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